I’m Jim McKeown, welcome to Likely Stories, a weekly review of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
One of my earliest discoveries of British Women writers was Anita Brookner. Her novels are mostly short—under 200 pages—and she had a knack for delicate and detailed portraits of her characters. She wrote twenty novels including her 1988 Booker Prize novel Hotel du Lac. This was the first of hers I read and my earliest Booker Prize novel. Anita died in 2016, and I have decided to resurrect some of her finest novels beginning with The Debut.